In this week's newsletter: Cage fighters, how I'm finding more time to read, promo/marketing reminder tip for authors, new free literacy posters, found object art.
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Hi all,

At the beginning of this year, I vowed to make time for more reading...and I've been successful so far, I'm happy to say. How I'm finding more time to read: (1) I borrow audiobooks from the library and listen as I'm doing house chores and while working out, (2) I read ebooks as well as print books. I love print, but ebooks enable me to be able to read on my iPhone when I'm waiting in line or standing in a crowded subway car (even if I'm holding onto a subway car hand-hold, I can still use the other to hold my iPhone and tap the screen to turn pages), (3) Always have a book nearby at my desk. 

Thanks to the SCBWI Los Angeles Region organizers for inviting me to be on their Writer's Day faculty next March! Their website will be updated with info after Illustrator's Day. Had a wonderful time at both the Eden Mills Writers Festival and Telling Tales Festival the past two weekends. Thanks to Wendy Whittingham for the photos below from Telling Tales.

My friend Errol Elumir put me (and the Potato from I'm Bored) in his comic strip!

Have a great weekend, all.

Revamped my comic with Catherine Bailey, the result of a cartoon caption contest I posted in PiBoIdMo a few years back. If you're one of those writers who think short = easy in terms of writing a picture book, do read this advice from my Simon & Schuster editor, Justin Chanda.

In the end, it comes down to having a good story. No amount of promo/networking can substitute.
Just click on the any of the images for download links. Also see my Print-Ready Archives.
For more found object doodles, please visit my Instagram feed.
Got inspired by part of a blueberry scone at Istanbul Cafe in Toronto.
WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? launched from Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers earlier this year! Find out more about my first solo picture book (including lots of free bonus goodies).
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